The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one that started off with the greatest of ambitions: to create a living breathing world where superheroes could cross over into each others’ respective franchises. For the longest time, it seemed as though this world would be restricted to the big screen. However, with Coulson’s death in the first Avengers, and the subsequent creation of the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., things opened up pretty quickly.
Then Marvel shifted their focus to Netflix, creating a series of shows that take place at more of a street level. Set after the events of the first Avengers, these series would also be set in the same universe. However, as time has gone on, it’s become more and more clear that there is very little chance the TV world and the film world will cross over in any meaningful way. Sure, the Netflix shows and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may mention the events in the movies, but could we get the movies to actually acknowledge the presence of, say, Daredevil? It didn’t seem likely.
And yet, there seemed to be this farfetch’d hope that some of the show’s better elements, such as Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin from Daredevil, could perhaps even make his way over to the Spider-Man world. Kingpin is, after all, also something of a Spidey villain. In the past, D’Onofrio himself even expressed his interest in joining the films, should there be a place for him.
However, in a recent interview with Digital Spy, D’Onofrio ‘fessed up to the unlikelihood of that ever being the case.
"I would love to switch over to the movies, but I think it's pretty much been said it's not going to happen. Or at least not for a very, very long time. I think [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin Feige explained that, and that's what makes the most sense, he said the film universe is too jam-packed. It's hard enough already, and if they keep bringing big characters in that they have to service in the writing, it's not gonna work. They're trying to figure out already how to individualise more and at the same time keep The Avengers going.
"It makes sense not to mix the TV stuff, there's just too many characters."
As a fan of the shows and films, I get it. Heck, I even agree that they should keep these universes as separate as possible. I just wish they’d never made the effort in the film universe to begin with. In my mind, they should just bite the bullet and separate these universes right now, so that any accidental contradictions are avoided altogether.
I appreciate the ambition, but between the studio politics, story issues, and difference in budgets, it doesn’t seem worth it to continue this charade for any longer. What do you think of all this? Should Marvel just count their losses and let these universes exist separately from one another, or do you have your heart set on seeing this happen someday? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Digital Spy